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A dataset of over 1,100 coral reef islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans shows that most of them have kept pace with sea-level rise, contradicting the narrative that low-lying atoll nations are doomed to disappear. The research, which includes the Tuvalu islands, reveals that land growth has outpaced erosion and the entire land area of Tuvalu has increased by 2.9% over four decades. However, despite their ability to adapt, atolls still face significant threats from a hotter planet, and the ability of coral reefs to produce sediments may be impaired or collapse due to higher global temperatures.

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